A man allegedly grabbed an alligator by the tail before slamming it against a wall, in a strange attempt to "teach it a lesson".
William Hodge also reportedly attempted to throw the reptile onto the roof of a building in the early hours on Thursday.
Cops spotted him slinging the alligator against the awning of the building of Metz Lounge and throwing the animal on the ground, before stomping on it twice.
When police made contact with the suspect, he immediately raised his hands up and was taken into custody.
Hodge claimed he jumped a fence to an alligator enclosure and stole the gator, according to an arrest report.
When asked what he was doing when throwing the reptile into the air, he said he was "teaching it a lesson".
Hodge was charged with animal cruelty, possession and injury of an alligator, and criminal mischief.
He was also charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and petit theft.
The Florida native was transported to Volusia County Branch Jail.
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It comes after two US officers were both fined and sent to jail after beating at least 11 porcupines to death with police batons.
Addison Cox, 28, from Warren in Maine, was told he must spend 10 days in jail, whereas his former colleague Michael A Rolerson, 31, will spend 20 days behind bars.
Both of the men were fined $1,000 (£726).
Roberson confessed to killing eight porcupines, while Cox admitted clubbing three to death.
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The heinous crimes came to light after Rolerson bragged about them to other cops.
He told colleagues he would sometimes pepper spray the animals while he beat them.
A fellow officer who heard the boast drove to the location where the attack happened and found the porcupine clinging to life in the road.
Another cop told investigators that while on duty with Rolerson, he suddenly slammed on the brakes of the patrol car.
He then jumped out and began savagely beating a porcupine.
Rolerson claimed he killed the animals as he saw them as a "nuisance, and Cox told investigators he followed suit as he looked up to his partner.
Rolerson had to forfeit his Maine Criminal Justice Academy Credentials permanently and can no longer work in the force in the state.
However, Cox, can apply for another role in law enforcement in six months.
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